MELISSA A. GARCIA EAST CHICAGO, IN Today a bright light was taken from us and returned to heaven. Her work here on earth was completed. Praise Be to God, you are at home in your Fathers house and can now find Comfort and Peace. Melissa A. Garcia, age 29 of East Chicago, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at home. Melissa is survived by her mother, Gloria M. Garcia of Hammond; sister, Ermelinda M. (Joseph E.) Torres of Hammond; grandparents: Alfonso (Dolores) Ruiz of St. John; nephew, Joseph E. Torres, Jr.; niece, Lillian Torres; six uncles: Bill (Isabel) Lopez of Hobart, Robert M. (Alicia) Lopez of East Chicago, Claudio M. Lopez of Sun City, CA, Thomas E. (Marsha) Niksich of Hobart, Daniel Ruiz of St. John, and Albert (Marlo) Ruiz of Chicago; five aunts: Martha (Scott) Kendell of Brenham, TX, Maria (Carrasco) Lopez of Chesterton, Genoveva M. Lopez of East Chicago, Eva M. Lopez of East Chicago, and Sarah Ruiz of Chicago; cousins: Danette Whiting and Ralph Connor of Munster, and numerous other cousins. Preceded in death by grandparents: Sacramento and Juanita Lopez; uncles: Joseph, George and Sacramento, Jr., Lopez; and aunts: Toni Niksich and Maria Mendoza. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 beginning at 11:45 AM at Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, proceeding to St. John Bosco Church, 7113 Columbia Avenue, Hammond, IN for a 12:30 PM Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Richard Orlinski, officiating. Private Cremation to follow Mass. Visitation will be on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at FIFE FUNERAL HOME and on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM until the time of the Services at 11:45 AM. Melissa was a graduate of Hammond Gavit High School and earned her Bachelors Degree in 2012 from Indiana University Northwest in Gary. She was employed by Franciscan Communities St. Jude House and Regional Mental Health. Previous employers included Community Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, St. Catherine Hospital, Law Office of Robert H. Sorge, and Applebees in Munster. Please omit flowers, donations to the family would be greatly appreciated. www.fifefuneralhome.com
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Fife Funeral Home Inc
4201 Indianapolis Blvd
East Chicago, IN 46312
Published in The Times from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2013